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Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT

When you use the Simple Search, all search terms are automatically combined using AND. For a more focused search, we recommend using the Boolean operators to combine different search terms.

AND: The document has to contain all search terms.

OR: The document has to contain one of the search terms. This function broadens your search and is recommended when different terms can be used for the same meaning.

article OR paper

NOT: This function excludes words and can be used to reduce a large result list: documents that contain the one search term may not contain the other.

article NOT paper
The Boolean Operators work for the Advanced Search as well. You may use them to combine different search terms within one search field. For example, to search for documents of the author "Doe" in the years 2002 or 2003, use the query:
Author: Doe
Year: 2002 OR 2003


In the search box, you can use the symbols '*' and '?' as wildcards. Use them in place of a character or characters that are unknown or that could vary. You cannot use them in front of a word or search string.

Example 1: chemi* finds chemical but also chemistry or chemist.
Example 2: licen?e finds licence and license.

You can use double quote marks (") to search for specific phrases.

I have some more questions - whom should I contact?
Hochschulbibliothek Reutlingen
Anna Skene-Hill
Alteburgstrasse 150
72762 Reutlingen
Phone: 07121-271-1370
E-Mail: anna.skene-hill@reutlingen-university.de
How do I publish my work in the repository?
Click “Report publication” on the start page.

You will first be required to choose a document type. Beneath this, you can upload your document files before clicking “Next step” to reach the actual form. Please fill in as much information (so-called metadata) about your publication as possible – this will be used to describe your work in catalogues and other bibliographic directories. Please describe your document as precisely as possible. Depending on the document type, some fields are mandatory and therefore must be filled in. Examples of mandatory fields include:
  • the document type (choose from the drop-down menu)
  • the title of your publication
  • the publication date (normally the year the document is published online)
  • the language of the document (must be chosen from the list)
For first publications, please include the license under which you want to publish your document.

If you are unsure about how to fill in certain fields, hover the cursor over the box and a help test will be shown.
Once you have completed the form and clicked “Next step”, all data will be displayed once again. Please check that all the information is correct and then either save the document directly or correct any wrong information.

Please note:
Cookies have to be enabled in your web browser in order to publish your work.

The metadata will be checked by library staff before the document is made accessible. Please be patient.
What is metadata?
Metadata can be defined as
  • data describing one or more ressources
  • or as
  • data associated with an object and describing it
Basically, metadata describes documents, objects or services and contains information about their content, structure or form. More abstractly, metadata is “data about data”, a description of data. Bibliographic data sets and entries in library catalogues understood as forms of metadata.

This repository uses metadata based on the Dublin Core Metedata Element Set (Dublin Core or DC for short), which has fifteen basic elements. Dublin Core is the result of international efforts to reach a general consensus as to how electronic objects (in the broadest sense) should be described.

Publishing both with a publisher and in our repository is not necessarily a problem. However, you must ensure that your publication contract allows a parallel publication! You can check this in the SHERPA/ROMEO list.
Authors can choose how their publication can be used. These terms of use are defined with a licence. Various licences are supported in this repository, from which you can choose (for example Creative Commons Licenses/).
Members of Reutlingen University can use the repository to publish their scientific work, provided that this does not violate any copyright and/or licensing regulations.
This repository is based on the software OPUS4. OPUS4 is documented here: https://www.opus-repository.org/.